Day 3: This is where the work began this morning and when everyone went home at 7, all of the arches were cast and curing. This crew is amazing!

This is one of the best teams of human beings I have ever seen.  End of Day 3 they had all of the arches cast that connect the firebox to the main chamber and the main chamber to the chimney.  Sara and Matt handled the metal and the welding.  Everyone pounded mortar and each and everyone knows precisely how to use a trowel and how to mortar bricks properly.  This is an amazing team.  And that team is Matt Boyd (the technician at Red Deer College), Emily Wolverton (4th year ceramics student SOA), Jen Obst (Red Deer College), Lin Xu (ceramics prof from Brandon University), Donna Garofolo (former ceramics student SOA and now an art therapist), Mike Astill (potter and former student SOA in ceramics), Diane Laluk (artist and former student SOA), Rebecca Wong (Vancouver, graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, U of M), Zach Quinn (runs Smiling Cow Studio, Maple Creek, Saskatchewan), Sara Berg (4th year ceramics student SOA and an amazing welder!), and Markus Boehm (team leader and master potter, Alt Gaarz, Germany).  Give it up for all of them!  If you know any of these fantastic individuals, send them a note.  They are truly making a difference for the students at the School of Art.  I hear that already there is double the demand for the wood kiln course in the fall.  It wouldn’t happen at all without this big effort.  I am so impressed.

 

Author: maryannsteggles

I am a writer and occasional maker working with clay. I received my PhD from the University of Leicester in art history as a Commonwealth Scholar from Canada to the UK. Since then I have taught art history and ceramics until August 2020 when I returned to full-time writing. The giant umbrella under which I work is contemporary ceramics with an emphasis on wood firing, women who wood fire, the contributions of Vietnam Resisters on Canadian ceramics, and ceramics and sustainability.

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